VMware Expands Its Cloud Management Muscle To Public Clouds

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Earlier this year, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO Carl Eschenbach urged partners to keep their customers away from AWS, and now VMware is giving customers the tools to make their own price and performance comparisons.

However, the true costs of cloud aren't just limited to AWS, according to Lumenate's Shepard.

"All public cloud models have their own benefits and pitfalls. Most vendors are allowing you to tie any infrastructure data workload via APIs to any cloud offering," Shepard said.

At VMworld, VMware also is talking about its vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8 update, which lets customers manage apps running on vSphere in AWS for the first time. The tool keeps track of Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and other business-critical apps, and includes better visibility into how workloads are running both on- and off-premise, Sayar said.

"The information about application health is for application owners as well as developers," Sayar told CRN.

VCenter Log Insight 1.5, another new release, is a big data technology that provides monitoring of apps, virtual infrastructure and hardware running in private and public clouds. This lets VMware "look at both structured and unstructured data across infrastructure and apps, and on- and off-premise deployments," Sayar said.

VMware's DynamicOps acquisition last July was one of the first steps toward a more heterogeneous approach to cloud management, and the latest round of releases show just how far VMware has come.

Chris Ward, CTO at GreenPages-LogicsOne, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based VMware partner, called VMware's overall cloud management portfolio expansion "a very smart move" because more companies are looking at using multiple providers to meet their business needs.

"I don’t see any product vendor these days truly being able to offer only a proprietary or monolithic solution. The name of the game going forward is going to be integration of disparate systems and applications," Ward said in an email.



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